COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) today announced the US Paralympic team of 240 members, including six guides for visually impaired athletes, who will compete in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. the long year postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 24, with the competition starting on August 25 and ending on Sunday, September 6.
“At its core, the Paralympic Games represent the inclusiveness and infinite possibility of sport,” said Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. “This group of athletes represent the American team at their best. They are strong, resilient and ready to make you proud.
The 2020 U.S. roster includes 129 returning Paralympians, including four six-time Paralympians, 10 five-time Paralympians, 14 four-time Paralympians and 105 athletes making their Paralympic debuts. The delegation holds a collective of 233 medals from 51 Paralympic champions.
“After an unprecedented year, our incredible roster of 234 athletes and six guides are ready to show the world the athleticism and determination of Team USA on the Tokyo stage,” said Julie Dussliere, Head of the Olympic and Paralympic Committee of the United Nations. United States of Paralympic sport. “We look forward to cheering them on as they live out their dreams in front of the nation and the world.”
The team is led by 23-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long (swimming) and 17-time medalist Tatyana McFadden (athletics) who each seek to make their name history. Other American stars and several medalists include paracyclist Oksana Masters, wheelchair runner Cheri Madsen and wheelchair tennis athlete David Wagner with eight medals each. Wheelchair runners Amanda McGrory and Raymond Martin, and paratriathlete Brad Snyder will also travel to Tokyo with seven previous Paralympic podium appearances.
The Paralympic program will feature 22 competing sports, including badminton and taekwondo, which will debut in Tokyo. The third largest sporting event in the world, the Paralympic Games remain the largest event in the world to promote social inclusion.
Click here to see the full 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team roster by sport and state (athlete’s recognized hometowns).
NBCUniversal will feature unprecedented 1,200 hours of Paralympic Tokyo Games programming presented by Toyota, including the network’s first-ever prime-time broadcasts, over 200 hours of television coverage on NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and over 1,000 hours of live streaming of 19 sports on NBC digital platforms. The coverage showcases the network’s continued commitment to the Paralympic movement which has grown from 70 hours for Rio 2016 to 5.5 hours in total for London 2012.
Follow Team USA in Tokyo
Team USA fans can follow the 2020 US Paralympic Team on TeamUSA.org and on Team USA’s social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TIC Tac and Youtube. The US Paralympic Team microsite will feature US team results from the Paralympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sports previews, a history book, competition schedules and facts and figures on the American delegation.
Fans can continue to learn more about the US Paralympic team with Team USA’s “Show the World” campaign launched in late June, which aims to raise awareness of the Paralympic movement while showcasing the elite competitive skills of the United States. Paralympic athletes of the American team.
Facts about the 2020 USA Paralympic team
- Forty-one states and the District of Columbia are represented on the U.S. list, with California (25), Illinois (12), Arizona (11), Colorado (11), Minnesota (11), New York (11) and Washington (11) lead the way.
- The 2020 list includes 121 women and 113 men. Of the six guides, there are two women and four men.
- There are 21 athletes who identify as military, including three on active duty who continue to serve in the military: marksmen John Joss II and Kevin Nguyen, and swimmer Elizabeth Marks. The Army has the largest representation with 14 athletes, four of whom served in the Navy, two in the Marine Corps and one in the Air Force.
- Of the 241 American athletes competing in Tokyo, more than 50% (122) have participated or will compete collegially in 77 schools. 68 athletes compete in college level athletics. Representation includes NCAA divisions (I, II and III) and junior colleges.
- Swimmer Keegan Knot and track athlete Ezra Frech are the youngest on the team at 16, while fencer Terry Hayes will compete at 62. There are nine athletes under the age of 18.
- Blake Haxton is the only athlete on the US team who will compete in two sports – paracanoe and rowing.
- Multi-season athletes Dani Aravich, Kendall Grestch, Oksana Masters and Aaron Pike are simultaneously seeking a spot to compete in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Para-Nordic skiing.
- Athletics holds the largest sports delegation for the United States team with 62 athletes and two guides.
- Six of the eight possible American team sports in Tokyo reached the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Three team sports arrive in Tokyo as reigning Paralympic champions: women’s wheelchair basketball, men’s basketball in wheelchair and women’s sitting volleyball.
- Four athletes will make their sixth appearance at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo: goalball athletes Asya Miller and Lisa Czechowski, table tennis athlete Tahl Leibovitz and wheelchair runner Tatyana McFadden.
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